We always thought that they did things big in Texas, but not even they could compete with Dubai, who are planning on building the world's first temperature controlled city. 

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, already has a bit of a track record when it comes to ambitious projects, but his latest plans, to build a 48 million square foot (4.45 million square metre) climate-controlled city must be his most daring yet. 

Dubai holdings, who announced the project over the weekend, said that the 'Mall of the World' as it has been dubbed, would also house the largest indoor theme park in the world, as well as a seven kilometre-long stretch of shops and the world's largest mall (eight million square feet), that would all be under a roof in a pleasant, air-conditioned environment. The roof of the theme park would be opened for the winter, when it's not so hot, and they hope that visitors will come to the city at all times of the year, instead of having to avoid the warm summer months.

For their part, they hope that such a giant structure will attract tourists, and lots of them, with the aim being to bring in around 180 million every year, throughout the year. There has been no word yet on when construction will begin, or how much this is going to cost, but we're fairly sure that it ain't going to be cheap.

Now, if only there was a way to do something similar in Ireland so that we'd have somewhere to go while it rains all through the autumn and winter months. And also spring. Not to mention most of the summer... 

Via abs-cbnnews.com